California has a lot to be proud of in the past year, but one place has gotten a lot more expensive in recent months.
Berkeley, home of the University of California, has been the second most expensive state college for incoming freshmen in the nation.
The average tuition and fees at Berkeley, a private liberal arts college, rose from $31,000 in the fall of 2018 to $40,000 this spring, according to an analysis of the New York Times Higher Education Rankings.
The cost of a three-year undergraduate degree in California rose from roughly $46,000 to $52,000, the analysis found.
“Berkeley is the highest ranked private school in the state of California for both inflation and price-to-tuition ratio, and it’s also the most expensive private school for a four-year degree in the country,” Matthew M. Schulte, the university’s vice president for finance and accounting, told the Times.
UC Berkeley, the country’s oldest private college, opened in 1874.
It was founded by William T. Irvine, who also founded the University at Buffalo, and was renamed the University in 1888.
The school was renamed in honor of the late Charles “Buddy” Irvine, the legendary baseball pitcher who died at the age of 59 in 2017.
He was an all-star for the New Jersey Yankees.
The most expensive students in California for the past three years were the University, a public institution, and California State University, which is considered a private institution.
The state average price for a three year degree was $47,800 in 2019, according the Times Higher Ed rankings.
Tuition at California State Colleges and Universities increased from $19,500 in the first quarter of 2019 to $21,500 the following quarter, the Times report found.
UC-Berkeley tuition and room and board increased from about $18,700 in the third quarter of 2018, the most recent quarter for which figures are available, to about $20,000 the next quarter, according TOEFL-certified records.
UC’s tuition and tuition fees have increased at a faster pace than other public colleges, but UC Berkeley still had the second-highest cost of any California college in 2019.
Berkeley’s tuition for a bachelor’s degree jumped from $38,000 last year to $49,000.
The increase in tuition and costs comes as the school struggles with an influx of new students.
California is also one of a handful of states that charges a tuition fee for a full-time student’s first year at a public college or university.
A graduate’s first semester at a four year institution costs about $25,000 for a two-year bachelor’s and $36,000 a year for a one-year associate’s degree, according a list compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Tuitions for a six-year, bachelor’s, and a two year associate’s at UC are about $41,600 and $47.900, respectively, according that list.